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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Blood on the Range by Christopher Smith is set in Santa Fuelo where we meet Nate, Old Man O’Connell and his daughter Bridget, the good guys. We then are introduced to the villains, the Tunnleys – dad Ryker, his son Ben, nephew Lolly and their sidekicks. Nate has moved from place to place until he gets to know Bridget, then his plans change and he wants to own a ranch and make a life with her. Ben also is interested in Bridget and is not happy to have to compete with Nate. Ryker’s only wish in life is to acquire the O’Connell ranch, its cattle, and its great water holes. Very quickly the war is on between these two groups and anything goes. Men are killed and hurt on both sides, cattle are stolen, gunfights are common and more before the final showdown.
A true Old West cowboy story, all that was missing were the Indians in Blood on the Range. I am a great fan of the western genre and Blood on the Range did not disappoint. I held my breath through the danger, enjoyed the romance and booed the bad guys. Christopher Smith is a very talented author who made the story and each of the characters come alive for me. Blood on the Range will take you back to the days of the 1880s and you will have no doubt about what life was like in the ‘Good Ole Days’. If you like reading about the Wild West and cowboys, then you cannot pass this one by. It is not only a great book but I believe it would also be a great movie.